New England UAS and AAM Summit 2022 Speakers


Join us for New England’s UAS and AAM Summit 2022, Scaling Airspace and Autonomy: Impacts on Society and Business, co-hosted by AUVSI New EnglandMassAutonomy, and NDIA New England. Government, industry, and academic leaders from across the country will discuss UAS and AAM progress, opportunities, and obstacles as we develop and implement this critical technology in society and daily life. 




AUVSI New England

Chief Technology Officer
Raytheon Unmanned Vehicle Systems

Dr. Waseem Naqvi is the CTO (Technology Director) for Raytheon’s (NYSE: RTN) Unmanned Vehicle Systems business. He is responsible for defining business strategy, capability, technology, and investment priorities addressing future unmanned and autonomous systems.

Raytheon is a leader in unmanned vehicle control systems and has provided Ground Control Systems and Mission Planning Systems for Global Hawk, BAMS, Fire Scout, and other UxS. Raytheon develops sensors, surveillance, communications, command and control, vehicle control systems, and cyber solutions in the Unmanned Systems industry.

Dr. Naqvi is an active contributor to the Autonomous Vehicle and Robotics Industry. He is President of the Board of Directors for the Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI) New England Chapter. Waseem is Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), an FAA UAS Test Site. He is a past Board member for AUVSI Headquarters and represented all 36 chapter Presidents. He previously served on the advisory board for the Massachusetts Robotics Sector. He is an International Executive Resource Group (IERG) Global Business Leader Fellow and serves on its Board.


NDIA New England 

Defense Industry Executive

Dr. Hachkowski is a seasoned executive with decades of experience with defense and commercial customers. A compassionate leader, he has led large-scale enterprises that deliver cutting-edge Airborne and Space ISR, Directed Energy, and commercial optical solutions that extend Moore’s Law and capture signs of sentinel life beyond our Solar System.

Dr. Hachkowski earned his SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautics and Astronautics. As a NASA Graduate Fellow, he received his MSc and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Also, Dr. Hachkowski has several patents and published design strategies for segmented deployable telescopes, persistent surveillance ISR missions, and laser fusion systems. Winner of multiple industry-wide awards, including NASA’s Group Achievement Award, Aviation Week’s 2010 ISR Product of the Year, and Program Management Institutes’ Project of the Year, Dr. Hachkowski is a passionate leader in leading cutting-edge enterprises that deliver market-moving high-tech solutions. 



Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Paige Scott Reed is an experienced transportation and employment attorney whose transactional, litigation, regulatory, administrative, and procurement work has served her clients well for over 20 years. She has worked as general counsel for the Mass. Department of Transportation and the MBTA and also served as Corporate Secretary and General Counsel to the Boston 2024 Partnership for the city’s Olympic bid. Paige has assisted government and private organizations, CEOs, and Boards of Directors with commercial contracts, development transactions, and public projects. She was instrumental in procuring a new operator for the MBTA’s commuter rail, forming a public-private partnership to redevelop Back Bay Station, implementing the MBTA’s Construction Manager/General Contractor project delivery approach, and securing $1 billion in federal funding for the Green Line Extension project. Paige has also defended government organizations against class actions charging racial discrimination in hiring practices. Paige leads the firm’s unmanned and autonomous systems practice. She is a strategic advisor to the Commonwealth UAS Integration Program and guides MassDOT’s efforts to utilize drones to advance its transportation mission. Paige is active in the community, serving as the Immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and Vice-President for the Harvard Law School Association of Massachusetts. Paige also serves on the Court Management Advisory Board, the Board of the Boston Bar Foundation, and the Board of Boston Harbor Now. Paige recently chaired the finance committee for Rachael Rollins historic campaign, helping to elect the first black woman to serve as District Attorney for Suffolk County. She received her A.B. from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review.



Associate Professor of Philosophy
Northeastern University

John Basl is an associate professor of philosophy at Northeastern University and Associate Director at the Northeastern Ethics Institute, where he leads the institute's AI and Data Ethics Initiatives. His research focuses on the ethical issues raised by emerging technologies, especially those related to AI. He is the co-author of "Building AI and Data Ethics Committees" and "Getting from Commitment to Content in AI and Data Ethics: Justice and Explainability." He has also written on managing the ethical issues associated with autonomous vehicles and is a co-PI on the NSF-funded Co-worker Robots to Impact Seafood Processing (CRISP): Designs, Tools and Methods for Enhanced Worker Experience.


Administrator, Aeronautics Division
Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)

Dr. Jeffrey DeCarlo is the MassDOT Aeronautics Division Administrator tasked with providing statutory and regulatory oversight for all aviation matters in the Commonwealth, including safety, security, airport development, and UAS programs.

Jeff has more than 30 years of aviation operations and consulting experience with the military, industry, academia, and government. An experienced principal investigator, he led NASA-sponsored air traffic control and airport operations R & D; and has supported aviation systems acquisition activities for the DoD.

A former U.S. Air Force and airline pilot with over 10,000 hours in fighter and commercial aircraft, he is a graduate of Fighter Weapons School. Jeff retired from the military as a Lt. Colonel following nearly 25 years of USAF active duty, Air National Guard, and Reserve service.

He sits on the Board of Directors of the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) New England, and the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), and also serves as Chair for the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education.


AFWERX, United States Air Force

Chief Commercialization Officer
Department of the Air Force

Colonel Nathan P. Diller is the Director of AFWERX and the Chief Commercialization Officer for the Department of the Air Force. He leads the strategy and execution of approximately $1 billion per year across the Air Force and Space Force through AFVentures, Spark, Prime, SpaceWERX, the Small Business Innovation Research, and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs. 

Col Diller received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2000. After simultaneous master’s degrees at Harvard and MIT, he attended Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training and flew F-16s for two Combat Air Force assignments, becoming an instructor pilot. He was selected for the French Test Pilot school and then completed his first test tour at Edwards AFB, supporting B-1, B-2, F-16, F-22, and F-35 flight tests and instructing at the Test Pilot School. He served as an Executive Officer on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and as a Defense Advanced Research Project Agency Service Chiefs Fellow. Upon completing a program management tour at the Space and Missile Center, he commanded the 586th Flight Test Squadron, supervising classified joint, interagency, and international flight tests. 

Col Diller attended the Eisenhower School, completed the Senior Acquisition Course, and was assigned as the Air and Space Branch Chief in the Joint Staff J8. He then became the Assistant Director of Aeronautics at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and served at the Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office and the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. Col Diller is a member of the Acquisition Corps and is certified as a Level III Program Manager and Test professional. He is a senior pilot with over 2,700 hours in more than 50 aircraft. 


Aerospace Consultant

Dr. Javier de Luis earned aBS (1983), MS (1985), and Ph.D. (1989) in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. His professional interests are in the fields of instrumentation, aerospace research and operations, engineering design and analysis, and technology management. Dr. de Luis joined Payload Systems Inc. in 1989 as a staff scientist, and later as the Chief Scientist and CEO at the company, prior to its merger with Aurora Flight Sciences. While at Aurora, he was Chief Scientist and Vice President for Research and Development until 2016. Presently, he holds a Lecturer appointment at MIT.

Dr. de Luis has served as the principal investigator/project manager for many major aerospace research projects, including the Middeck 0-gravity Dynamics Experiment (MODE) and Middeck Active Control Experiment (MACE). He has published papers on such diverse topics as piezoelectric actuators and intelligent structures, structural control, distributed sensing and computing, and design and development of spaceflight systems. He authored the seminal paper in the field of Smart Materials, “Use of Piezoelectric Actuators as Elements of Intelligent Structures,” which has been referenced over 3541 times (as of April-2022) by subsequent journal and conference publications. He is a recipient of the MIT James Means Memorial Prize for excellence in space systems engineering; a NASA OAST Commendation for Technology Excellence and a NASA Group Achievement Award; a NASA Manned Flight Awareness Award. Dr. de Luis was three times a finalist in the NASA Astronaut Candidate Selection Program. He holds four United States patents in the fields of smart structures and bioengineering.


Force Protection Division Chief
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Program Executive Office Digital, Hanscom Air Force Base


Police Officer
Pearland (TX) Police Department

National sUAS SME for Public Safety Applications

Gulf Coast Regional Public Safety Unmanned Response Team


Deputy, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Mission Integration Office (AMIO)


Project Manager, Blue UAS Program
Defense Innovation Unit

David is a project manager at the Defense Innovation Unit, where he leads the Blue UAS program along with other efforts in the small drone space and ground vehicle autonomy. David is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry officer in conventional and Special Operations Forces. He is a proud graduate of both the United States Military Academy and Harvard University. In his spare time, David loves to barbeque, read, and hang out with his St. Bernard.


Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)


Strategy and Policy Division, U.S. Army Joint C-sUAS Office



Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
City of Boston


Strategic Account Director - Unmanned Systems
Crown Castle


Counter-UAS (C-UAS) Program Lead
Aeronautics Division, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)

Rodolfo Cuevas is the Counter-UAS (CUAS) Program Lead for the MassDOT Aeronautics Division. He is focused on architecting and operationalizing a CUAS capability across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through a collaborative effort with federal, state, local, industry, research, and academic stakeholders within the state.

Additionally, Rodolfo is a security researcher and systems analyst at Boston Cybernetics Institute. His research interests lie in the socio-technical aspects of cyber-enabled system conception, implementation, operation, and evaluation. Rodolfo focuses his research on understanding how design constraints can be used to limit adverse impacts and maximize the ability to identify and adapt to challenging operating conditions.

Previously, Rodolfo was a staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. There, he was responsible for the test and evaluation of RADAR, analysis of ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) components and architectures, and analysis and red-teaming of tactical and commercial cyber systems and architectures in support of DoD and other government programs.


Vice President of Global Business Development, Sales, and Marketing
AeroVironment, Inc.

Charlie Dean joined AeroVironment in 2021 as Vice President for Global Business Development, Sales, and Marketing. Prior to joining AeroVironment, Charlie served as a vice president at both FLIR Systems and Endeavor Robotics, leading the global sales of unmanned systems. Charlie also held multiple positions over many years at QinetiQ North America related to ground robotics, over time leading the business development and sales team, product management team, co-led the engineering team and served as a senior program manager. He also led business development activities at Draper Laboratory and TIAX, where he served as an executive vice president.

Prior to joining the defense industry in 2005, Charlie completed a successful career in the U.S. Army as an Infantry officer and served as a paratroop small unit leader, mechanized Infantry commander, and an acquisition professional focused on Infantry weapons.  Charlie participated in close combat actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, plus other US Army missions around the world.

Charlie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in Aeronautical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and graduated from Phillips Academy (Andover). He taught Mechanical Engineering courses at the United States Military Academy, where he also coached Army Men’s Crew to the Silver Medal in national races, and conducted ground-breaking, high-temperature research for the US Army Picatinny Arsenal on 155mm cannon-projectile interfaces. In addition, while in the Army and industry, Charlie earned multiple patents, including designing the 155mm Savage resupply projectile.


Director of Infrastructure & Head of Americas
Skyports, Inc.

Addison is Director of Infrastructure and Head of Americas for Skyports, leading the company’s efforts to acquire, design and build, and operate vertiports for air taxis. His team addresses real estate agreements, local stakeholder engagement, regulatory approvals, airport planning, operational procedures, and enabling technology required to develop and operate a safe, efficient, passenger-friendly vertiport. He began his career as a mechanical engineer designing jet engines at GE Aviation in Cincinnati. Following that, he joined McKinsey as a management consultant, serving clients in aerospace and defense and other industries on a range of strategic and operational topics. He is located in Boston.


Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peter Hansen has been teaching Ethics for Engineers at MIT since 2015, and he has been the Course Administrator since 2020. Ethics for Engineers is cross-listed by most MIT engineering departments, and it is taken by approximately 10% of MIT undergraduates. Dr. Hansen has also taught political philosophy at Harvard, Washington & Lee University, and the Virginia Military Institute. He received his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Dr. Hansen formerly worked in finance, and he founded and ran his own company for many years. He is the author of Plato’s Tough Guys and Their Attachment to Justice


Vice President of Autonomous Systems
MatrixSpace, Inc.

Matthew Kling is Vice President of Autonomous Systems at MatrixSpace, a leader in autonomous solutions for unmanned aerial systems. At MatrixSpace, he leverages heavily on his prior experience as a senior member of the technical staff and director of the Expeditionary Cyber and Unmanned Aircraft Systems lab at KRI at Northeastern University, where he led UAS research in the areas of Counter-UAS, GNSS, electronic warfare, EMP, multi-modal sensing, machine learning/AI, and autonomy. When developing autonomous system solutions, he utilized his extensive background in RF systems, real-time embedded systems, communications, system architecture, systems engineering, cybersecurity, and system integration/test. His professional certifications include TOGAF and Zachman enterprise architecture. He obtained an MS in Systems Engineering in 2006 and a BS in Electrical Engineering in 2002, both from WPI. His career began at Raytheon in 2002 as a software engineer for SATCOM/Radar systems. During his 15 years there, he became a technical leader for several major military SATCOM systems, where he was considered an expert in domains such as communication waveforms, RF systems, real-time embedded systems, security engineering/cyber, and system architecture/requirements. Additionally, he has published several papers and applied for/received patents for remote control systems and security devices.


Director of Regulatory Affairs
Censys Technologies Corporation

Rob Knochenhauer is the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Censys Technologies and brings a unique array of industry experiences to support Censys’ strategic goals by working in concert with Censys’ engineering team and the FAA to develop the next generation of UAS to perform more complex Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for Censys’ customers. Starting his career as a certificated Airframe & Powerplant aircraft mechanic, Rob transitioned into engineering, where he spent fifteen years supporting and ultimately leading the development of numerous UxS (ground, sea & air with Foster-Miller and Aurora Flight Sciences). In recent years, Rob has been on the leading edge of developing a pathway to integrate UAS operations into the NAS. Prior to his role with Censys, Rob supported MassDOT’s UAS program by developing a strategy for complex UAS operations (corridor BVLOS) and started his commercial UAS chapter as the director of flight operations for GreenSight.


Chief Technologist, Aeronautics Division Drone Program
Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)

Terrence McKenna is the MassDOT Aeronautics Division’s Chief Technologist. In this role, he oversees the integration of next-generation aviation technologies such as Urban/Advanced Air Mobility, autonomy and automation, and eVTOL aircraft into all facets of the Commonwealth's operations by bringing together mutually beneficial ecosystems within the State. He blends a rich background in industry and military, test and operations, to realize the adoption of these multi-stakeholder technologies. His work in the public sector coupled with his in-depth hands-on experience allows him to provide insight at the intersections of these disparate and varied disciplines. He is also a Reservist in the United States Air Force supporting the test community and couples broad manned flight test and operations experience with optionally-piloted and remote aircraft development. He serves as Test & Experimentation Lead for Agility Prime – the DOD’s premier AAM initiative. He holds Commercial Fixed Wing Multi-Engine, Single-Engine, Instrument, Seaplane, Helicopter, and Remote Pilot's Certificates and earned his SB in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Group Leader, Surveillance Systems Group
MIT Lincoln Laboratory 

Dr. Wesley A. Olson is the Leader of the Surveillance Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The group develops surveillance and decision support architectures and technologies to enable the future transportation system.

Dr. Olson leads the development of technologies to improve aviation safety and, since 2010, has led the development of the next generation collision avoidance/detect and avoid system – ACAS X. He is involved in other research and development efforts to safely integrate new airspace entrants such as large and small Unmanned Aircraft Systems as well as Advance Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft. He serves as technical advisor to the US panel member on the ICAO Surveillance Panel and the Airborne Collision Avoidance Subgroup, provides technical leadership on several RTCA special committees, and is a participant on the Air Traffic Control Association Blue Skies Initiative team.

Prior to joining MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Olson served for 22 years in the US Air Force, where he held positions including Associate Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the USAF Academy as well Deputy Director for Operations at the Air Force Flight Standards Agency. He is a rated pilot with 3,500 flight hours in the C-5, C-21, and TG-7 aircraft and holds an FAA Air Transport Pilot rating. He has Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Engineering Psychology from the University of Illinois and a BS in Human Factors Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy.


Intelligence & Space Director of the Advanced Air Mobility / Uncrewed Aircraft System Traffic Management Global Campaign
Raytheon Technologies

Elizabeth Soltys is Raytheon Technologies (RTX)’s Intelligence & Space Director of the Advanced Air Mobility / Uncrewed Aircraft System Traffic Management Global Campaign. She is responsible for the furtherment of civil UAS expanse. Her portfolio focuses on regulatory, policy, engineering, and advancing concepts in this nascent market. Prior to joining RTX, Elizabeth achieved 30+ years of aviation experience before she retired from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She directed many activities with emphasis in research and full-scale development and system deployment; and tackled countless regulatory/policy issues. She also managed a system engineering portfolio of contracts with an estimated value of $6.4 billion, the largest set of awards in FAA history. Since 2012 she has been on the forefront of UAS integration as well as countering and defeating non-cooperative assets. Soltys’ private-sector experience also includes working as a structural engineer designing skyscrapers for DeSimone Consulting Engineers, NY, NY and Mergers & Acquisitions for Kidder Peabody of General Electric Co, NY, NY. She holds a Bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering (Structural Engineer) a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting. Soltys has also held multiple adjunct mathematics professor positions—Pennsylvania State University, Richard Stockton State University, and Atlantic Cape Community College. 


Vice President of Business Development
Eve Urban Air Mobility

David Rottblatt is the Vice President of Business Development at Eve Urban Air Mobility. In this role, David is responsible for Eve's commercial strategy and sales of Eve's eVTOL, Urban Air Traffic Management, and Services and Support product lines. Prior to the spin-out of Eve in 2020, David joined EmbraerX in 2017, where Eve's projects were originally conceived.

David is a commercial fixed wing pilot, Helicopter pilot and sUAS (drone) pilot with over 18 years of flying experience. David has a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, a Master's Degree in Political Science from University of Connecticut, and a Master's of International Business from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.



Chief Scientist, Aeronautics Division Drone Program
Massachusetts Department of Transporation (MassDOT)

Scott A. Uebelhart, Ph.D. is the Chief Scientist of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Aeronautics Division Drone Program, where he guides strategy and planning for the adoption of UAS technologies at MassDOT and connects with government and industry leaders across the Commonwealth to help drive air vehicle innovation. He has built a team of technologists, analysts, and UAS operators who are demonstrating how UAS can provide useful, actionable information to state agencies and who are exploring how the state can support expanded air operations. He also serves on the board of directors of AUVSI New England. Prior to this, Dr. Uebelhart worked in a technology startup and was a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he conducted systems analysis of U.S. space architectures for the Air Force. Dr. Uebelhart served as a postdoctoral associate with MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society, where he helped establish the cross-disciplinary Space, Policy, and Society research group to apply technical expertise to human spaceflight policy. Scott earned his SB, SM, and Ph.D. from the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Founder, President, & CEO
MatrixSpace, Inc. 

Gregory L. Waters is the Founder, President, and CEO of MatrixSpace, a leading technology company in Autonomous Flight Systems seeking to revolutionize how humans and intelligent aerial systems work together. Greg is currently on the boards of OnSemi, a global Automotive and Industrial semiconductor company; Sierra-Wireless, a leading IoT Solutions; Cyxtera, a global data center business; and Mythic AI, an innovative AI processor company.   

Greg was President and CEO of Integrated Device Technology from 2014 to 2019, a silicon valley based semiconductor company with leadership positions in data centers, automotive, and power solutions. Before that, he was Executive VP and GM of Skyworks Solutions, a global leader in RF semiconductors. He is a graduate of Northeastern University with an MSCS in Computer Science.  





New England UAS and AAM Summit 2022

Wed, 26 Oct 2022 - Thu, 27 Oct 2022
Join us for our annual advanced airspace summit - being held over two days this year!